ASTM International - ASTM E1799-02
Standard Practice for Visual Inspections of Photovoltaic Modules
|Publication Date:||10 October 2002|
|ICS Code (Solar energy engineering):||27.160|
significance And Use:
Environmental stress tests, such as Test Methods E 1038, E 1171, or E 1596, are normally used to evaluate module designs prior to production or purchase. These test methods rely on performing... View More
Environmental stress tests, such as Test Methods E 1038, E 1171, or E 1596, are normally used to evaluate module designs prior to production or purchase. These test methods rely on performing electrical tests and visual inspections of modules before and after stress testing to determine the effects of the exposures.
Effects of environmental stress testing may vary from no effects to significant changes. Some physical changes in the module may be visible when there are no measurable electrical changes. Similarly, electrical changes in the module may occur with no visible changes.
It is the intent of this practice to provide a recognized procedure for performing visual inspections and to specify effects that should be reported.
Many of these effects are subjective. In order to determine if a module has passed a visual inspection, the user of this practice must specify what changes or conditions are acceptable. The user may have to judge whether changes noted during an inspection will limit the useful life of a module design.View Less
1.1 This practice covers procedures and criteria for visual inspections of photovoltaic modules.
1.2 Visual inspections of photovoltaic modules are normally performed before and after modules have been subjected to environmental stress testing, such as Test Methods E 1038, E 1171, E 1596 or E 1830 .
1.3 This practice does not establish pass or fail levels. The determination of acceptable or unacceptable results is beyond the scope of this practice.
1.4 There is no similar or equivalent ISO standard.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.